Omotoso trial: Nurse faces public backlash after victim-shaming Cheryl Zondi

2018-10-17 15:48

A nurse, who used to work at Mediclinic through an agency, has faced the wrath of social media users after she took to Facebook to shame Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso's alleged rape victims.

The nurse, who was identified as Ivy Masuku in the Facebook post, ridiculed Omotoso's alleged rape victims in an exchange with fellow Facebook user Nompumelelo Sithole.

The post has since gained notoriety on social media, with users on Twitter calling on Mediclinic to discipline Masuku.

However, the clinic confirmed to News24 on Wednesday that she stopped working at the hospital some time ago, despite her Facebook profile indicating that she worked at Mediclinic Muelmed in Pretoria.

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"Mediclinic can confirm that the staff member in question is no longer in the employ of the nursing agency and that the individual has been asked to remove all association with the organisation effective immediately," Mediclinic SA said in a statement.

In a status originally written in isiZulu, Sithole said: "These girls whore around quietly and now they are acting like they have been raped? Some of them still exchange their bodies for cash… he should have sexually assaulted them more."

Masuku in turn, agreed with the sentiments.

"They must not annoy us," Masuku responded.

Cheryl Zondi, the first witness in the trial, has been giving graphic testimony in the Eastern Cape High Court in Port Elizabeth this week.

Zondi described how she was allegedly sexually groomed into committing lewd acts for the pastor from the age of 14.

The trial continues on Monday.

Read more on:    mediclinic  |  cheryl zondi  |  timothy omotoso  |  port elizabeth  |  religion  |  rape  |  social media  |  crime

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